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Programming a great spring break

Pictured from left to right are fourth-graders Jakub Youngstrom, Shawn Thorkildson and Joey Nauer. They are pictured reviewing the computer code they've written before downloading it to the robot they designed. (Submitted photo)1 / 2
St. John the Baptist School fourth- and fifth-graders line up to race the robots they designed and programmed over spring break. Students pictured from left to right are Cassie Bauer, Jakub Youngstrom, Joey Nauer, Autumn Miller, Eva Storkamp, Jacob Biermaier and Christian Strommen. (Submitted photo)2 / 2

Fourth- and fifth-graders at St. John the Baptist Catholic School in Vermillion participated in a free, two-day workshop over spring break to write basic computer code using LEGO Mindstorm NXT software. They wrote the code, downloaded the commands from laptop computers to processors built into the LEGO robots they designed, then tested the robots by maneuvering them through a series of obstacle courses set up in the school gym. Many of the robot designs included the use of sensors to guide the robot.